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Theatre Bay Area's 2019 Benefit
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Spark into a Flame: TBA's Annual Benefit
Monday, June 24
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Z Space | San Francisco

 On June 24, join Theatre Bay Area for an intimate performance from Hamilton star  Isaiah Johnson and two-time Grammy nominee Stacie Orrico. The evening will also include the presentation of TBA's first Community Impact Award to philanthropists Toni Rembe Rock and Arthur Rock. All proceeds go to benefit Theatre Bay Area, providing our local theatre community with programs and resources to ignite theatremakers' careers and help them burn bright.

The Celebration - 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

6:00 PM Exclusive VIP reception with honorees
6:30 PM Doors open for the public
7:15 PM Program starts
9:00 PM Dessert reception with performers

The evening will include a VIP reception, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and Fund-A-Need.

Preview the Unique Experiences you can bid on to support TBA!


The Performers

Broadway actor/singer Isaiah Johnson currently is captivating audiences at the SHN Orpheum Theatre as "George Washington" in the award-winning Hamilton: An American Musical.  Isaiah's other Broadway credits include the Tony Award- and Grammy Award-winning revival of The Color Purple, the Prince of Morocco in the Al Pacino-fronted The Merchant of Venice, the original casts of Peter and the StarcatcherSide Showand Lord Rivers/Lord Richmond in Sam Mendes' Richard III.
Stacie Orrico is a two-time, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. She got her start at the age of 12 when she inadvertently entered a high-stakes talent competition and won. Stacie subsequently recorded and released her debut album, Genuine. The next year, she was soon supporting Destiny’s Child on their U.S. tour. Her 2003 album, Stacie Orrico, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album and went on a world tour. Most recently, Stacie performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with the show’s house band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

Watch Isaiah sing the National Anthem at the Feb. 2nd Golden State Warriors game:


CELEBRATE 20 years of CA$H!

To mark 20 years of TBA's CA$H | Theatre program, the evening will also feature performances from past recipients. Founded in 1999, the program has granted over 2 million dollars in vital financial support to individual theatre artists and small professionally-oriented companies with operating budgets under $100,000. CA$H | Theatre is generously funded by this year's Community Impact Award honorees, Toni Rembe Rock and Arthur Rock, alongside The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.

The Honorees

Philanthropists Toni Rembe Rock and Arthur Rock.

Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock have been instrumental in creating large-scale change in the Bay Area over the past 40 years, significantly fostering equitable education for all, nonprofit organization building and collaboration, legal services and advocacy, and entrepreneurship. They have provided the means—both financial and mentoring—for many nonprofits and academic centers to thrive for the common good. A sampling includes their contributions to The BASIC Fund, which supports low-income students in quality schools through the eighth grade with scholarships, and the American Conservatory Theater, which ranks the Rocks among its top donors and advocates. (Toni served on its board from 1993 to 2008, and the theater’s new 300-seat auditorium has been named in her honor.)

The Rocks were among the earliest donors to the UCSF Mission Bay, enabling the development of its campus as a hub for research, education, and health care. As a partner in the venture capital firm of Davis & Rock from 1961 to 1968, Arthur was one of the earliest champions of Silicon Valley’s innovation and dynamism. As the principal of Arthur Rock & Co., he enabled the development of leadership positions and programs by endowing distinguished professorships at UCSF and founding the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. He and Toni endowed the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School, and Toni serves as president of the vanLoben Sels / Rembe Rock Foundation, providing legal services to marginalized populations. She was the first woman partner at any law firm on the West Coast and at the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco.


$85 - General Ticket / $75 Early bird includes:
General reception
Wine and hors d'oeuvres
General Seating for the evening's program
Dessert reception with performers

$150 - VIP Ticket / $125 Early bird includes:
 VIP champagne reception honorees
VIP seating for the evening's program

 $500 - Champions Ticket Package - includes:

Advocate tickets
Recognition in benefit program
Recognition on Theatre Bay Area website

$1500-$5000 - Spark into a Flame Sponsorships - Email Mary Ann Grossman, Development Director,  at or 415-430-1140 X *21.

If you would like to avoid ticket fees, please call TBA directly at (415) 430-1140 ext. 0 to purchase your tickets.

The Reason

The evening’s proceeds will support Theatre Bay Area’s programs to strengthen and advance the theatre community of the region. Theatre Bay Area’s services are aimed at both individual artists and theatre companies alike with a comprehensive array of programs including advocacy work at the local, state, and federal levels, career building for theatremakers, organizational development, theatre journalism, grants for artists and small companies, and the renowned TBA Awards program. Theatre Bay Area’s members include some 2,000 individual artists and 300 theatre and dance companies throughout the region. Standout programs include:

  • Close to $2M in funding, awarded to 660 artists and small organizations over the past 18 years, through the CA$H (Creative Assistance for the Small company and Hungry artist) grant  program.
  • Opportunities each year for nearly 500+ actors to audition for 100 theatre companies through TBA’s General and Regional Auditions.
  • An Annual Conference held each spring attracting 400 theatre artists and leaders all across the region for a day of learning and information-sharing with renowned speakers and thought leaders from around the nation.
  • Career development assistance for over 370 actors, directors, playwrights through the ATLAS (Advanced Training Leading Artists to Success) program.
  • The TBA Awards honoring artistic achievement of artists hailing from 90+ professionally-oriented theatres all around the Bay Area.  

Theatre Bay Area would like to thank...

Institutional Funders

California Arts Council
The Fleishhacker Foundation
The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
RHE Charitable Foundation
San Francisco Grants for the Arts
The Shubert Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
The Zellerbach Family Foundation

Corporate and Business Partners

City Sightseeing San Francisco 

Theatre Bay Area is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations to TBA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. TBA’s tax ID number is 94-2476071.